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Nationally Ranked Aggie Baseball Team Heads to Sacramento

Nationally Ranked Aggie Baseball Team Heads to Sacramento
Tuesday, April 10, 2012 - 3:37pm

This Week: The No. 25 ranked Aggie baseball team (25-9, 2-1 WAC) takes on Sacramento State in Sacramento, Calif., Friday, April 13 through Monday, April 16. Three of the four games are WAC matchups, while Monday's game is scheduled as a non-conference game. Friday's game is set to start at 3 p.m. (MT) with the games on Saturday and Sunday set for 2 p.m. (MT) Monday's game will also begin at 3 p.m.
Media Coverage: All four games will air on KSNM AM 570 in Las Cruces, although the game on Friday will join-in-progress at 4p.m. (MT) and the game on Monday will be tape delayed and start at 6p.m. (MT). Monday's game, however, will air live on the Internet. Fans can listen to Jeff Matthews give the action from anywhere in the world for a fee by going to the official website of NM State Athletics and clicking on the live events link.
Live stats are available all season long by going to www.NMStateSports.com and clicking on the live events tab. Live stats are free of charge all season.
Social Media: Fans can keep up with score updates and other information by logging on to Twitter@NMStateAggies. Fans can find out about promotions and everything else Aggie by going on Facebook @NMSU Athletics.
Tickets: Fans can call the Pan American Center ticket office or call (575) 646-1420 to purchase tickets ahead of time or walk up to the ticket booth at Presley Askew Field to buy tickets the day of the game. Season tickets for baseball are $49 for adults, $44 for NM State faculty and staff and $44 for senior citizens. Single game tickets cost $6 for adults and $4 per ticket with groups of ten or more. Children 12-and-under can enter the games for free, while NM State students also get in free.
About the Aggies: It is the second consecutive week that the NM State baseball team has been ranked in at least one poll after winning 16 out of its last 17 games. NM State was ranked No. 20 in the Collegiate Baseball Newspaper Poll and is now ranked No. 23 in that same poll. NM State is 29-9 overall while going 20-4 at home and 5-3 on the road. The Aggies are hitting .323 on the year and hitting only .262 on the road.
NM State has had five different WAC Hitter of the Week selections and one WAC Pitcher of the Week selections so far this year. Junior catcher Zac Fisher is the most recent selection, as he joins junior centerfielder Kyle Phillips, senior infielder Kurt Snowley, senior outfielder Bryan Karraker, junior designated hitter Cody Edwards and junior left-hand pitcher Ryan Beck.
The Aggies are 12-7 in day games and hitting .332 in those games. NM State is 9-1 in its last ten games and is hitting .352 during that time with Fisher and junior Parker Hipp hitting over .400 in those ten games.
NM State was the 2011 NCAA batting average champion when it posted a .337 average. NM State is 13-3 when playing in Las Cruces and 1-3 on an opponent's field. The Aggies hit .347 at Presley Askew Field and only .220 on opposing team's turf. The Aggies lead the nation in runs scored, walks and RBI. NM State is also in the top five nationally in hits, doubles, on-base percentage and total bases.
Aggies in the Polls: The Aggies are ranked No. 25 this week according to this week's Baseball America Poll, which was release, April 9. NM State is ranked No. 23 according to Collegiate Baseball Newspaper. This is the second consecutive week the Aggies have been ranked and the first time the baseball team has been ranked since 2009, when the Aggies were ranked No. 24 by CBN.
If the USA TODAY/ESPN Top 25 coaches' baseball poll were to continue, the Aggies would be ranked No. 28 nationally. According to PerfectGame.org NM State is ranked No. 37 after being ranked at No. 46 last week and No. 50 the week before. The Aggies are also receiving votes in the National Collegiate Baseball Writers Association (NCBWA) Top-30 Poll and would be at No. 44 if it continued.
Baseball America Poll
Rk. Team (W-L)
1. Florida State (27-5)
2. Texas A&M (26-6)
3. Kentucky (30-3)
4. Arizona (23-9)
5. Louisiana State (25-7)
6. Stanford (19-7)
7. Florida (25-7)
8. Baylor (25-7)
9. Rice (23-11)
10. South Carolina (23-9)
11. Arkansas (24-7)
12. Cal State Fullerton (21-10)
13. Miami (24-8)
14. North Carolina (23-9)
15. Central Florida (26-7)
16. Oregon (20-9)
17. UCLA (21-7)
18. Mississippi (21-10)
19. Purdue (24-5)
20. San Diego (25-8)
21. Arizona State (19-12)
22. North Carolina State (21-9)
23. Texas (17-12)
24. Sam Houston State (23-9)
25. New Mexico State (25-9)
Dropped Out: Oregon State (No. 20), Auburn (No. 23).
COLLEGIATE BASEBALL NEWSPAPER POLL
Rank School (Record)
1. Kentucky (30-3)
2. Florida St. (27-5)
3. Louisiana St. (25-7)
4. Florida (25-7)
5. Baylor (25-7)
6. Texas A&M (26-6)
7. Miami, Fla. (24-8)
8. Arizona (23-9)
9. Arkansas (24-7)
10. Oregon (20-9)
11. UCLA (21-7)
12. North Carolina (23-9)
13. Rice (23-11)
14. Ca. St. Fullerton (21-10)
15. Central Florida (26-7)
16. Stanford (19-7)
17. N.C. State (21-9)
18. South Carolina (23-9)
19. San Diego (25-8)
20. Sam Houston St. (23-9)
21. Mississippi (21-10)
22. Purdue (24-5)
23. New Mexico St. (25-9)
24. Arizona St. (19-12)
25. Texas (17-12)
26. Louisville (23-9)
27. Cal. Poly (20-10)
28. Florida Atlantic (22-11)
29. Virginia (21-10-1)
30. Appalachian St. (24-6)
USA TODAY/ESPN Top 25 coaches' baseball poll
1 Florida State (27-5)
2 Kentucky (30-3)
3 Texas A&M (26-6)
4 Florida (25-7)
5 Stanford (19-7)
6 Miami (Fla.) (24-8)
7 LSU (25-7)
8 North Carolina (23-9)
9T Arkansas (24-7)
9T South Carolina (23-9)
11 UCLA (21-7)
12 Arizona (23-9)
13 Rice (23-11)
14 Baylor (25-7)
15 Central Florida (26-7)
16 Cal State Fullerton (21-10)
17 Oregon (20-9)
18 Purdue (24-5)
19 Mississippi (21-10)
20 Louisville (23-9)
21 North Carolina State (21-9)
22 San Diego (25-8)
23 Oregon State (18-11)
24 Virginia (21-10-1)
25 Texas (17-12)
Dropped out: No. 23 Georgia Tech, No. 24 Georgia.
Others receiving votes: East Carolina (22-8-1) 36; Georgia Tech (19-14) 31; New Mexico State (25-9) 27; Appalachian State (24-6) 21; Georgia (19-13) 19; South Florida (23-10) 19; Cal Poly (20-10) 14; Liberty (27-8) 13; Missouri State (24-10) 13; Sam Houston State (23-9) 12; Nebraska (22-12) 11; Mississippi State (20-12) 10; Oklahoma (18-14) 10; Dallas Baptist (21-9) 9; TCU (16-13) 5; UC-Irvine (17-12) 5; Indiana State (26-7) 4; Maryland (21-13) 4; Campbell (26-7) 3; Florida Atlantic (22-11) 3; Southern California (19-10) 3; Gonzaga (20-9) 2; Hawaii (19-13) 2; Texas State (20-11) 2; Army (23-8) 1; Clemson (18-14) 1.
THIS WEEK'S OPPONENTS
Sacramento State: The Hornets are 16-16 heading into week nine of play and are 9-5 at home this season. They are 2-1 in WAC play after opening conference play against Louisiana Tech last week in Ruston, La. Sacramento State is coached by Reggie Christiansen and he is in his second season with the team while in his seventh season overall as a head coach. He is 35-55 during his two seasons with Sac State and is 2-2 against the Aggies.
The Aggies lead the all-time series against Sacramento State 26-24, which dates back to 1997. In the first meeting between the two teams back in 1997, both teams were a part of the Big West Conference and the Aggies on 9-5. NM State lost the last game it played Sacramento State by a score of 19-11 in Las Cruces last year.
Rocky Ward has coached NM State each time it played the Hornets and he is also 26-24 against them. Since joining the WAC, the Aggies are 14-12 against Sacramento State, dating back to 2006..
Rocky Ward Winning Percentage: With the Aggies going on a 14-game winning streak and winning 17 out of the last 20 games, head coach Rocky Ward is now 393-383-2 on his career to take his winning percentage to .505. Ward needs seven more wins to reach 400 as a head coach.
RPI: According to WarrenNolan.com, the Aggies have an RPI of 22 as of April 9. The Aggies had an RPI of 15 two weeks ago and it dropped to 17 last week, although the RPI that matters comes at the end of the year. However, the RPI of 22 would still be the best RPI NM State has had in recent years if the season were to end today. The Aggies finished with a 159 RPI in 2011, a 116 RPI in 2010, a 119 RPI in 2009, a 160 RPI in 2008 and a 239 RPI in 2007.
NCAA.com has NM State with an RPI of 19, which is the highest of any WAC school this season. The Aggies currently have an RPI higher than Arizona (22) and Wake Forest (26) who the Aggies defeated earlier this year. NM State faces Baylor in two weeks and will have a chance to vastly improve its RPI. Baylor has a current RPI of eight.
The Rating Percentage Index, commonly known as the RPI, is a quantity used to rank sports teams based upon a team's wins and losses and its strength of schedule. It is one of the systems by which NCAA basketball and baseball teams are ranked. This system has been in use in college basketball since 1981 [1] to aid in the selecting and seeding of teams appearing in the 68-team men's playoffs (see March Madness), and for the 64-team women's tournament since its inception in 1982. In its current formulation, the index comprises a team's winning percentage (25%), its opponents' winning percentage (50%), and the winning percentage of those opponents' opponents (25%). The opponents' winning percentage and the winning percentage of those opponents' opponents both comprise the strength of schedule (SOS). Thus, the SOS accounts for 75% of the RPI calculation and is 2/3 its opponents' winning percentage and 1/3 times its opponents' opponents' winning percentage.
Aggies in the Nation: According to NCAA.org the Aggies lead the nation in scoring (9.8 runs/game), runs (332), hits (387), doubles (85), on-base percentage (.440) and walks (215). The Aggies are seventh nationally in batting average (.323), fifth in slugging percentage (.483), fifth in doubles per game (2.5) and sixth in sacrifice flies (24).
Individually, NCAA.org has junior Zac Fisher second in RBI (45), fourth in hits (53) and seventh in RBI per game (1.32). Senior outfielders Tanner Waite and Bryan Karraker are in the top 10 nationally in runs, while Waite is joins junior Parker Hipp in the top five nationally for walks. Senior shortstop Zach Voight is No. 16 in the nation for sacrifice flies (5). On the mound, right-hander Michael Ormseth is seventh nationally in wins (6) and Scott Coffman is No. 40 nationally in saves (6).
According to WarrenNolan.com the Aggies lead the nation in offense (runs per game) with 9.8 runs an outing. WarrenNolan.com also has NM State seventh in scoring margin (+3.5) and NM State's current 4-game road winning streak is currently tied for eighth longest in the country.
 

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